Issue Category

Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
1/08/13 SB 957 Authorizes Temporary Driver's Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants
Bill Passed - House (65 - 46)
Yea
12/04/12 SB 681 Authorizes State Residents To Purchase Ammunition From In-State Companies
Veto Override Passed - House (78 - 28)
Nay
5/31/12 HB 1907 Illinois Street Gang and Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act
Concurrence Vote Passed - House (93 - 18)
Yea
5/31/12 SB 1064 Prohibits Private Security Services in Detention Centers
Bill Failed - House (57 - 58)
Did Not Vote
5/31/12 SB 1566 Increases License Plate Fees
Bill Passed - House (61 - 56)
Nay
5/31/12 SB 2621 Amends the Department of Corrections' Early Release Program
Bill Passed - House (68 - 50)
Nay
5/30/12 SB 3442 Requires Recycling of Plastic Bags
Bill Passed - House (72 - 44)
Nay
5/25/12 SB 2194 Increases Cigarette Tax
Bill Passed - House (60 - 52)
Nay
5/24/12 SB 2840 Limits Medicaid Funding
Bill Passed - House (94 - 22)
Yea
5/23/12 SB 1849 Expands Gambling
Bill Passed - House (69 - 47)
Yea
5/22/12 SB 1808 Authorizes Individuals to Record Law Enforcement Officers
Bill Passed - House (71 - 45)
Nay
5/15/12 HB 3859 Requires Publication of Reduced Tax Rates under the EDGE Program
Bill Passed - House (84 - 26)
Yea
5/09/12 SB 1313 Limits Health Care Coverage for Retired State Employees
Bill Passed - House (74 - 43)
Yea
3/29/12 Amendment No. 4 Requires Physicians to Provide Information About Side Effects of Erectile Dysfunction Drugs
Amendment Rejected - House (32 - 68)
Yea
3/29/12 HB 3782 Prohibits Employers from Asking for Internet Login Information
Bill Passed - House (78 - 30)
Yea
3/29/12 HB 4083 Internet Dating Site Requirements
Bill Passed - House (83 - 26)
Yea
3/29/12 HB 5531 Limits Tuition Waivers for State University Employees
Bill Failed - House (26 - 75)
Nay
3/28/12 HB 5290 Requires Schools to Establish Bullying Policies
Bill Passed - House (61 - 49)
Yea
3/26/12 HB 5789 Establishes State Park Fees
Bill Passed - House (81 - 29)
Nay
3/21/12 HB 3810 Eliminates General Assembly Scholarships
Bill Passed - House (79 - 25)
Yea
3/21/12 HB 3944 Authorizing the Recording of Police
Bill Failed - House (45 - 59)
Nay
3/09/12 HB 5099 Prohibits the Use of Cell Phones Near Emergency Scenes
Bill Passed - House (62 - 38)
Yea
2/28/12 HB 1310 Authorizes Certain Businesses to Permit Smoking
Bill Failed - House (30 - 82)
Nay
12/12/11 SB 397 Tax Code Amendments
Bill Passed - House (81 - 28)
Yea
12/12/11 SB 400 Amends State Income Tax
Bill Passed - House (67 - 49)
Yea
11/29/11 HB 1883 Property Tax Amendments
Concurrence Vote Failed - House (8 - 99)
Nay
11/09/11 SB 2147 Paying Regional Superintendents
Bill Passed - House (74 - 36)
Did Not Vote
11/09/11 SB 2147 Paying Regional Superintendents
Bill Failed - House (70 - 43)
Did Not Vote
11/09/11 SB 965 Authorizing Speed Cameras in Certain Cities
Bill Passed - House (64 - 50)
Did Not Vote
10/27/11 SB 1701 Legal Immunity for Individuals Seeking Treatment for Drug Overdose
Bill Passed - House (61 - 53)
Nay
10/26/11 SB 1652 Smart Grid Technology
Veto Override Passed - House (74 - 42)
Nay
10/24/11 HB 3859 Requires Publication of Reduced Tax Rates under the EDGE Program
None - House
Co-sponsor
10/05/11 HB 3810 Eliminates General Assembly Scholarships
None - House
Co-sponsor
5/31/11 HB 1490 Regulates Full-Contact Martial Arts Events
Concurrence Vote Passed - House (69 - 45)
Yea
5/31/11 HB 1698 Amends Workers' Compensation
Concurrence Vote Passed - House (62 - 43)
Nay
5/31/11 HB 1723 Amending The Illinois Nuclear Safety Preparedness Act
Concurrence Vote Passed - House (69 - 44)
Yea
5/30/11 SB 145 Nursing Home Infection Control
Bill Passed - House (69 - 45)
Nay
5/30/11 SB 1652 Smart Grid Technology
Bill Passed - House (67 - 47)
Nay
5/30/11 SB 2185 Establishes the DREAM Fund Commission
Bill Passed - House (61 - 53)
Yea
5/30/11 SB 744 Authorizes Gambling
Bill Passed - House (65 - 50)
Yea
5/28/11 HB 1091 Public-Private Transportation Partnership
Concurrence Vote Passed - House (65 - 40)
Yea
4/13/11 HB 1600 Limits Artificial Trans Fats
Bill Passed - House (73 - 43)
Yea
4/13/11 HB 203 Limit on Sale of Firearms Within a Certain Time Period
Bill Failed - House (47 - 68)
Nay
4/12/11 HB 161 Electronic Benefits Transfer Card Photograph Requirement
Bill Passed - House (64 - 48)
Yea
4/12/11 HB 3499 Firearm Waiting Period Exemptions
Bill Passed - House (78 - 34)
Yea
2/04/11 HB 1091 Public-Private Transportation Partnership
None - House
Co-sponsor
1/11/11 SB 2505 Amends Property Tax Code
Bill Passed - House (60 - 57)
Nay
1/10/11 SB 3644 Labor Law Amendments
Bill Passed - House (64 - 49)
Yea
1/06/11 SB 1381 Legalize Medical Marijuana
Bill Failed - House (56 - 60)
Yea
1/06/11 SB 3539 Abolishing the Death Penalty
Bill Passed - House (60 - 54)
Nay

About the Selection and Descriptions of Key Votes

Project Vote Smart provides easy access to Congressional and State voting records and maintains a collection of key votes grouped by issue. Key votes typically include the initial passage of legislation and final conference report vote versions (the compromised versions of bills passed in separate House and Senate versions). Vote Smart uses the following criteria to select key votes:

  1. The vote should be helpful in portraying how a member stands on a particular issue
  2. The vote should be clear for any person to understand
  3. The vote has received media attention
  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
  5. Occasionally, if a specific bill is consistently inquired about on the Voter's Research Hotline, the vote will be added

Descriptions of the votes are written by Vote Smart staff and based on information included in the Congressional Record, State House Journals, or Senate Journals, with additional background information from newspapers, magazines, etc. Vote Smart provides summaries for each selected key vote. The summary does not necessarily reflect the final version of the bill.

The Key Votes Program follows Project Vote Smart's strict policies, procedures and structure that guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. In order to ensure that all Key Votes are non-partisan in their selection and language, each is approved by a group of over 160 political scientists and journalists from all fifty states.